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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Representing the 1st District of Washington

Education

It is our responsibility to ensure every child in the United States has access to a world-class education, no matter where they live or how much their family makes. In classrooms throughout the First District and across Washington state, teachers and administrators are doing incredible work to educate our kids and prepare them to succeed. However, Congress must do more to support these efforts.

To guarantee all students are given an opportunity to succeed, we must maintain and strengthen targeted investments in helping our most vulnerable students and lowest performing schools. That’s why I strongly support increasing federal funding for core education programs, like Head Start, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). I do not support misguided proposals to privatize our education system, which would only result in less funding for public schools and jeopardize resources for the students who need them most.

We always need to ensure federal education policies are working for Washington’s students, educators and school districts. During the last session of Congress, I was pleased to support legislation to finally replace the broken No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law with a system that maintains high standards for student achievement, but provides states and school districts with the tools and flexibility they need to help all kids reach their full potential. As the U.S. Department of Education continues to implement the new law, I will keep working to close the achievement gap and ensure that all high school graduates are college- and career-ready.

At the same time, we should be forward-looking as technological advancements like artificial intelligence and automation dramatically shift how our economy works. If we hope to prepare our children for the jobs of tomorrow, it’s absolutely critical that we do more to expand computer science education, foster innovative and creative learning, develop critical thinking skills and support STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). We must also bring our classrooms into the 21st century by deploying high-speed broadband and Wi-Fi in every school, particularly in rural and tribal communities.

Finally, I remain committed to bringing down college costs and ensuring everyone has access to a quality college education. The rising cost of higher education in America continues to pose serious challenges to millions of middle-class families, who are being forced to take out higher loan amounts to pay for tuition, fees, textbooks and housing. That’s why I am fighting to lower student loan interest rates, strengthen the Pell Grant program and other forms of student aid, lower the cost of college textbooks and reduce student debt by allowing borrowers to refinance their loans.


 

More on Education

May 17, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today helped introduce the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act to allow students and families with undergraduate student debt to refinance their loans to the current interest rate of 3.76 percent.
May 8, 2017 Press Release
BOTHELL – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) announced that four U.S. military academies accepted the nominations of nine First District high school students and graduates. Every year, DelBene has the privilege of nominating a limited number of students to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, West Point Military Academy and Merchant Marine Academy. The honor of attending a military service academy comes with a commitment to service for a minimum of five years upon graduation.
Apr 21, 2017 Press Release
REDMOND – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) announced that Nate McGaw from Glacier Peak High School won the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for Washington’s First District. DelBene joined local students, families and friends at a reception honoring all the participants who submitted artwork for the competition. McGaw won with his piece, “Ballpoint Boy,” which will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., as part of a year-long national exhibition. McGaw is invited to join DelBene for the official unveiling of the artwork.
Apr 17, 2017 In The News
MOUNT VERNON — Even after school, the hallways and classrooms at LaVenture Middle School are bustling with activity. Some kids are catching up on homework in a computer lab, others are working on their math skills, and some are experimenting with Mentos candies and soda bottles. The students, as well as their counterparts at Mount Baker Middle School, aren’t there because they have to be — they’re there because they want to be.
Apr 12, 2017 Press Release
MOUNT VERNON – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today visited the Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County to donate computers and highlight the devastating effects of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts on our community — including this important afterschool program.
Apr 5, 2017 In The News
This week, I spent a few days in the “other Washington” where I had the opportunity to meet with the members of our federal legislative delegation and their staffs. I shared with them the invaluable, vital work that our University of Washington community does to expand the frontiers of scientific research, improve healthcare, develop creativity through the arts and provide quality and affordable education to our students.
Mar 28, 2017 In The News
Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-Wa.) this week introduced the Higher Education Loan Payments (HELP) for Students and Parents Act, bipartisan legislation that will make college more affordable by modernizing how the tax code treats employer contributions toward student loan repayment.
Mar 24, 2017 In The News
There are 13 million college savings accounts in this country, and more than half received at least one deposit in 2016. Those are decent numbers, and growing—but they cover just a tiny fraction of the country’s college-bound population.
Mar 22, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Suzan DelBene (D-Wa.) this week introduced the Higher Education Loan Payments (HELP) for Students and Parents Act, bipartisan legislation that will make college more affordable by modernizing how the tax code treats employer contributions toward student loan repayment.
Mar 22, 2017 In The News
SEATTLE, WA - A group of Seattle middle school girls known as the D.C. Bully Busters are fresh off their trip from our nation's capital. They met with lawmakers from all over the country to raise awareness about bullying, and to take action against it. 12-year-olds Grace Thordarson and Lilah Amon-Lucas tell us what their mission is all about. Click here to watch the video.

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